1977 Yquem

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Average critic rating : 83.67 points



In what was a miserable vintage, Yquem managed to produce a toasty, ripe, pineapple, buttery-scented wine with a predominate oaky character. Seventy percent of the crop was eliminated in 1977, and the result is a wine that may well turn out to be almost as good as the underrated 1973. Anticipated maturity: Now-2000. Last tasted, 2/84. Robert Parker, Wine Advocate January 1998



Very pale lemon colour that reminds me of a mature Burgundy. I catch a whiff or Airfix glue at one stage but it wafts away. The palate is not unattractive, smooth with a little glycerin. Not complex, buttery with a little honey. Feminine and pretty but not profound. Drink now. Tasted November 2004. Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com



Light-bodied and light-tasting, with a floral aroma and flavor, this is pretty on the palate but turns a bit tart and short on the finish.--Yquem vertical. Drink now through 2010. Winespectator.com

Château d’Yquem is arguably the finest sweet wine in the World, and the leading estate in Sauternes. In a league of its own, the only wine that Yquem can be fairly judged against is a different vintage of Yquem.

The château and its vineyards lie on the highest point of Sauternes, and is planted to Semillon (80%) and Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon gives the wine its weight and oleaginous texture, the Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes are harvested by hand, bunch by bunch, with as many as six or seven passes through the vineyard to select grapes that are fully botrytised and concentrated. One vine will, on average, yield one glass of the final product.

Yquem is owned by LVMH, owners of Dom Pérignon and Krug, and is run by Pierre Lurton, who also runs St Emilion’s Cheval Blanc. A dry white wine, Ygrec, is also made.

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